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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: president trump and north korea's leader kim jong—un are to meet for a second summit next month, with hopes for progress on de—nuclearisation. we've had very good steps in good faith from the north koreans, in releasing the hostages and other moves. and so, we're going to continue those conversations, and the president looks forward to his next meeting. "not accurate" — robert mueller‘s special counsel rejects a report that president trump ordered his lawyer to lie to congress. hundreds of central american migrants cross into mexico without waiting for a humanitarian visa, joining the caravan that's port talbot will become a come—to place, rather than a go—away—from place. the banksy on the side of a welsh garage that could become the focal
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announced a secondsummiel in washington between the president and one of mr kim's most trusted envoys, kim yong—chol. our correspondent barbara plett usher has been following developments in washington. the white house said the summit would take place near the end of february, but it didn't say where, although vietnam seems to be at the top of the list of possible locations, according to multiple reports. the announcement was made after a series of meetings with the north korean envoy kim yong—chol, beginning with the secretary of state, mike pompeo, and then moving quickly on to the white house, —— beginning with the secretary of state, mike pompeo, and then moving quickly on to the white house, where the president met for 90 minutes with mr kim,
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who was said to be carrying a personal message from the north korean leader, kim jong—un. so they agreed in this meeting to hold a summit, but there was no indication how that summit might break the deadlock in nuclear negotiations that has persisted since the two leaders last met, in june. look, we've continued to make progress, we're continuing to have conversations. the united states is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on north korea until we see fully and verified denuclearisation. sanctions is one of the main issues of disagreement. the united states says that they should be lifted only after the north koreans have fully dismantled their nuclear weapons programme. kim jong—un says they should be lifted in phases, beginning now. and it seems thithewasn’t getting to speak to the man at the top himself. as for mr trump, he may also welcome the chance to have a made—for—television moment with the north korean leader to distract from his troubles at home. barbara plett usher.
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earlier, i spoke with song yoon lee, professor of korean studies at the fletcher school, tufts university. i began by asking him whether the new summit was good news. very good news for north korea, because if you consider what has transpired since the first summit injune 2018, all progress has been made on the other side, on the north korean side. north korea has continued to build a bomb, north korea continues to enrich uranium, north korea continues to produce ballistic missiles, while it has made only open gestures by releasing three us detainees who never should have been detained in the first place, by shutting down and decommissioning an old, tired, exhausted testing site it doesn't need any longer. so these illusory concessions by north korea have compelled president trump to further this process of negotiations without actually
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reaching a resolution. and this elaborate trap that kim has set for trump, which mr trump actually has walked right into, will continue. because north korea ultimately seeks to buy time and money in the form of sanctions relief and non—sanctions enforcement, to do what he really seeks, which is to grow his very rapidly growing, lethal nuclear and missile capabilities. but is this not good news for president trump, as well? we're certainly not seeing the missile testing, we're not seeing the strong language that was coming back and forth between the two countries. on the fundamental level, yes, it is good news. it's better than all the bluster we saw throughout 2017. but there have been three distinct periods of good behaviour by north korea. for example, following north korea's first nuclear test in october 2006, north korea did not conduct another nuclear test for the next three years, until2009, and then
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withheld testing until 2013, and then until 2016. so for the administration to say that one year of no major provocation in the form of nuclear or ballistic missile tests means progress is a bit premature and perhaps even ominous, because north korea will test again and blame the united states. north korea will continue to develop its nuclear weapons capabilities in order to become a credible threat to the united states, to the us mainland, so that north korea may credibly threaten a nuclear war with the united states, and then compel the us to withdraw troops from not only south korea, but from japan. and north korea actually explicitly states what it intends to do. a spokesman for robert mueller‘s special counsel's office says that a report by buzzfeed news agency with allegations that
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president trump ordered his former lawyer michael cohen to lie to congress about his business links with russia is not accurate. the statement says the special council disputes the "characterisation of documents and testimony". buzzfeed says it stands by its story and its sources. robert mueller is investigating alleged collusion with russia in the 2016 presidential election. 0ur reporter in washington, david willis, says the story has been dominating discussions in the capital. this is a story, of course, that's been running all day, based on reporting undertaken by the buzzfeed news source. now, the story contains claims that president trump instructed his former lawyer michael cohen to lie to congress about the timing of certain communications and certain dealings with the russians over building
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a trump tower in moscow. now, a short while ago, the special counsel robert mueller‘s office put out a statement — a very, very rare move on their part. basically, they dispute aspects of this story. [we arecontinuing mg counsel is disputing. we remain confident in the accuracy of our reports. donald trump jr. and i have to say that this is grist to the mill, if you like, of those on the right who point to the media as being fake news.
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now, before we heard from the special counsel, that was all this talk of impeachment and people were getting very excited about this story. will that all go away now? well, that's interesting, actually. because it remains to be seen what parts of the story are inaccurate or what parts of the story the special counsel robert mueller‘s office is disputing. but if that central allegation stands up, then it is potentially highly significant because this is the sort of obstruction—of—justice thing that led to the downfall of richard nixon, and also, of course, of bill clinton, too. hundreds more central american migrants have crossed into mexico without waiting for a visa. they're joining the caravan, which is heading towards the us border. most come from honduras and say they‘ re escaping poverty and gang—related violence. caroline rigby reports. for days now, they have been
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on the move, marching north through central america and mexico, hoping for a better life in the united states. but hungry, sunstroked and exhausted, for some, the journey is taking its toll. in a move welcomed by the un, mexican authorities have said they will offer special humanitarian visas to migrants who enter the country legally. that would enable them to work and access basic healthcare. translation: allowing them to regularise their stay and open the road for them to receive humanitarian visas, or visas for work in mexico, well then, yes, that's very different from what we have seen in the past, and we welcome it. but the visas will not be issued for days, and many feel they can't afford to wait. by any means possible, hundreds of mostly honduran migrants entered mexico on friday, looking to join the caravan ofaround 1,000 others ahead of them.
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translation: north. we're going north. not to mexico, to the states. translation: oh, yeah. we understand all the risks on the route. but our need outweighs the risks, so whatever it takes to push on, and faith in god — that's it. this latest wave is likely to further inflame the debate over us immigration policy, and president trump has once again renewed calls for congress to fund the construction of his border wall. an explosion at a leaking oil pipeline in mexico has killed at least 20 people and injured 5a. according to the authorities, many people were attempting to illegally fill containers with fuel at the refinery, north of mexico city. the pipeline had apparently ruptured earlier in the day. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: poland prepares for the funeral of the mayor of gdansk who was stabbed to death last week.
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donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it's going to be only america first — america first. demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests —= there lag“ “w this is bbc world news.
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president trump and myth. koreaf police in the sudanese capital khartoum have opened fire at meurners attending the funeral. —— . — — —— ,. of a man killed during clashes i iii 'f .:é,’,1: iff , t, 5, iii: § here's our africa editor fergal keane. mourning and defiant. this is the people's answer
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to a regime which can still inflict death, but whose capacity to impose a blanket of fear is being challenged as never before. here, a police car is overturned. a symbol of a state accused of brutal torture and killings. translation: he was returning from prayers at the mosque nearby. as he approached the house, a policeman rushed at him. he resisted, but the policeman shot him through the door. the worst of the violence was here in the khartoum neighbourhood of buri. here, sharing vinegar — used to try and deal with the after—effects of tear gas. gunfire. shots echoing across the streets. here, one of the savage beatings meted out during house raids. screaming.
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and this, the tregiemement a young protester was killed. dr abdel hamid, here undergoing emergency treatment. he was allegedly shot after pleading with police to stop firing outside a house where he was treating the wounded. he started explaining that he's a medical doctor but the response he got was simply, "you are a medical doctor. well, we are looking for you." omar al—bashir came to power
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i'fi; e fillléreffiue ifi; we: it was the brutality eehieeies eeix ahmed = it is probably the endgame ! is almost irrelevant. z t’ ” ;”’;;. '% the former chicago police officer
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convicted of murdering a black teenagerfour years ago has been sentenced to less than seven years injail. jason van dyke was the first police officer in the city to be held criminally accountable for killing an african—american. the british prime minister has been meeting members of her cabinet to discuss the future of her brexit plans. she has also held talks with senior officials in brussels, including the european council president donald tusk, to try to move the process forward. our political correspondent ben wright reports. mr gove, are you confident of getting the brexit deal that you want? so, what now?
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today the prime minister continued to listen, with cabinet ministers trooping in and out to share their advice with the prime minister, who has a brexit deal the house of commons hates and the eu insists cannot be changed. just got to get into the car. tight—lipped, but for brexiteers, some red lines on trade must stay. well, i don't believe we could have an independent trade policy if we stayed in a customs union. and the reason for that is, in a customs union with the european union, we would have to apply european trade law, without having a say in how it's made. he's happy to sign agreements with australia, but he won't sign up to a customs union compromise that might lead to cross—party support in parliament for a new deal. but if there is no deal, there are no trade agreements nailed down with a0 major economies to replace the existing ones we have as members of the eu. liam fox said other countries needed to put more work in. while some in theresa may's divided cabinet are telling her that leaving the european union without a deal would be ok, others, particularly a camp dubbed
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the gang of five, are urging the prime minister to find a cross—party solution to this crisis, to compromise, and to rule out what they think would be the disaster of a no—deal brexit. and, of course, there's very little time left. on monday, the prime minister will make a statement in the commons setting out the government's plan b, and mps will start to put forward their alternative ideas as amendments to that motion. the following tuesday, we'll then see a series of crunch votes on all of that. and as things stand, exactly two months later, the uk is set to leave the eu, whether parliament has agreed a brexit deal or not. touring a brexit—supporting business, borisjohnson dug himself irete e hele eftsr’ dawns—mb??- membership during the referendum. he did. that we've abandoned the project
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of leaving the europeen'flnfcrrr here, competing ideas to break the political paralysis are being argued over, and many mps do see the merits in asking for some more time. if we need further negotiation and article 50 is extended for a few months, let's say ‘til the summer, then i don't have a problem — a few months. and i don't think the public, who are fairly reasonable on this, would have a problem either. before leaving downing street for a working weekend, theresa may spoke to eu leaders. but her headache is here, trapped between the demands of her divided party and a fractured parliament. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. in poland, the funeral takes place later on saturday, for pawel adamowicz, the mayor of gdansk, who was stabbed to death on stage as he addressed
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a crowd last week. thousands of poles carrying flags and candles have been paying their respects to a man known as a critic of the government's anti—immigration policies. kasia madera reports. among the crowds, the coffin of the murdered mayor of gdansk. thousands followed as the procession made its way to the streets to st mary ‘s basilica, where the funeral will be held. pawel adamowicz‘s death has deeply shocked poland. many watched helplessly as he was stabbed by a man who suddenly rushed on stage during a popular charity event, which helps to fund children's hospitals. the 53—year—old died a day later. his death raises questions about poland's increasingly divided political debate. after the stabbing, the
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attacker told the crowd that he blamed the mayor's former political party for the time that he had spent in prison. pawel adamowicz, who had been the
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